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Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation

Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation — a survey carried out every two years since 2015 jointly by the five United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) — ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA. The latest Survey was conducted in 2019. The next Survey is scheduled to launch in early 2021.


The survey results allow the countries to monitor progress in the implementation of measures for sustainable and digital trade facilitation and serve as evidence base for policymaking helping to identify areas where efforts are most needed to address the remaining policy, legal, regulatory and technical obstacles as well as needs for capacity-building and technical assistance. The member States can benefit from other countries’ experiences and learn from good practices.


Through the Survey UNRCs collect and analyse data on the implementation of 53 detailed measures for sustainable and digital trade facilitation, including, but not limited to, those  of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA).
The latest 2019 survey covers 128 economies worldwide. The UNECE regional report analyses the progress in implementation of trade facilitation measures in 42 member States.


The survey results are analysed and published in the form of reports — five regional (one per UNRC) and one global, available on the United Nations Trade Facilitation (UNTF) Survey Portal.

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